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Tutankhamun - The Exodus Conspiracy: The Truth Behind Archaeologys Greatest Mystery Hardcover – 5 Sep 2002


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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st Edition edition (5 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852279729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852279721
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most comprehensive account of the story ever written -- The Daily Mail, August 2002

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What secrets lie behind the controversial opening of Tutankhamun's tomb? Did the contents of papyri found in the tomb reveal the true story of biblical Exodus? Was Tutankhamun the Pharaoh of the Exodus? And did the conquest of Canaan, as described in the Old Testament, ever take place? The tomb of Tutankhamun was undoubtedly the greatest archaeological discovery of all time. What is not so well known is that among the wonderful treasures were rumoured to be papyri that held the 'true account' of the biblical Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. At a time when Arab hostility was erupting over Britain's support for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, archaeologist Howard Carter's threat to make the contents of the papyri known to the world could have caused chaos across the Middle East. The book is the outcome of extensive research undertaken by two authors determined to get to the truth of what has become Egypt's and archaeology's most baffling mystery. It forms the most comprehensive, detailed and accurate book ever written on the events surrounding the discovery of the tomb, and the relationship between the age of Tutankhamun and the origins of Israel. The conclusions are starting. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ren on 17 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
First, I am a professional research scientist who enjoys reading alternative theories as well as the accepted view. I think these authors generally provide a vital service to the sciences as they make sure the established views are constantly re-examined and need to be defended against logical attacks. I have read various books by Hancock, Bauval and Gilbert (e.g. The Orion Mystery) and have thoroughly enjoyed them as they have provided clear reasoned argument based on documented evidence that can be tested.
As a professional (published) scientist I know the level of logical reasoning required to defend your theories in front of fellow scientists and the general public. Unfortunately this book does not make extensive use of logic for the most crucial arguments. Words such as 'unquestionably' and 'undeniably' are used in many places where a detailed reasoning of how the authors formed their opinion would have been more useful. Such words are intellectual bullying of the highest order and should only conclude comprehensive argument, not replace it. Someone reading this book lazily will easily find themselves persuaded by such words as they don't want to appear unintelligent.
The book does not keep your eye on its aim, it is fragmented and contains very long winded sections that, even at the end of the book, leave the reader asking 'why?'. For example the largest section of the book demolishes the reputation of the very men they are depending on for their conspiracy theory. If these men are dishonest and disreputable, how can you base an entire book on one throwaway line they are quoted as saying? They start their concluding remarks on the conspiracy theory by acknowledging that there is absolutely no evidence for it at all - what use is such unfounded speculation to science?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Heynen on 20 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Especially the beginning of the book is not very interesting and takes too long, unless you didn't know anything about the discovery of the boy-farao.
After this very long introduction Collins comes with some very interesting discoveries on the missing papyri from the grave of Tutankhamun. The presented facts are there and you can draw your own conclusion from these facts. It's worth reading if you like to know more about this and more historical facts from around this time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2005
Format: Paperback
To start with, this book seemed like a really interesting piece of archeological literature. However, the majority of this book seems to be based upon a single premise: Apparently, a threat was made by Howard Carter to the authorities, which was to reveal what "REALLY" happened during the Exodus of the isrealites. With zero evidence (or presumeably, because the authors don't refer to any) they cheerfully rewrite history. As the book progresses they pull down other bits of history, which doesn't, unfortunately, tie in with the view of history which they, themselves have constructed!
This sounds a it long-winded. It basically goes as follows:
Standard History -> Howard Carter complains about something -> Authors make up altenate version of history (with no evidence) -> Authors pull more of history apart (based on their theory) without any evidence (still!).
The book even says at some point that the established written histroy can't be correct (this is the best bit:)DESPITE the archeological record that strongly supports it, because it contradicts their theory, which is so shockingly self-serving, while not being based on any evidence at all, that I am truly amazed at their audacity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
Collins and Ogilvie-Herald present a very plausible investigation into, not only the real story of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, but also the significance of his 'lost' papyri. The level of research, detail and presentation is quite impressive and this alone makes the book worth reading, whether or not you agree with their conclusions.
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Well documented history giving an alternative account of the Israel exodus from Egypt.Excellent reading.Informative as this book is,it won't go down well in Israel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Bowles VINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
I am very disappointed with this hefty tome because it appeared to promise so much but only provided dubious second hand information, hearsay, speculation, and theories regarding an alleged `Tutankhamun's missing Papyri'. After wading through almost 300 pages, the key piece of evidence referred to as `the missing papyri' fails to be presented to the reader and the whole thesis cascades like a domino sequence. I would suspect a body such as the Crown Prosecution Service would regard the evidence for its existence as unsafe. Unfortunately for me, it was like a star witness for the prosecution failing to turn up in court with the details on the smoking gun.

Those readers familiar with the generally accepted facts of the Amarna period and the discovery of Tutankhamum will have problems accepting the conspiracy theory. Where it is suspected Howard Carter and his associates crossed the line by entering parts of Tutankhamum's Tomb before the official dates there is evidence to help support this; such as Harry Burton's photograph (GB7282) allegedly of a hole resealed by Carter between the tomb's Antechamber and Burial Chamber. However, the conspiracy spirals out of control with the missing papyri speculation allegedly detailing the Biblical Exodus but this is never provided for the reader to analyze.

I appreciate the authors have put in a lot of time and effort in producing this work but I would have appreciated a slimmer book detailing the key pieces of evidence. Some of the discussions regarding such themes as séances at Highclere Castle for me didn't add a great deal to their theory. I would imagine the majority of readers would find the book long winded and difficult to read because of the lack of guidance by the authors on what they are really trying to tell you.
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